Tapas Bars in Victoria

Ok … So what is (are) tapas?

Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold or hot. In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Patrons of tapas bars can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. In Mexico, the vegetarian varieties of similar dishes are called “botanas.”

The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation, because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them.  Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.

Here’s some suggestions – in no particular order!

The Tapa Bar – 620 Trounce Alley  ph#:  250-283-0013

Hours:  M – Th 11:30 – 11:00, Fri – Sat 11:30 – 12:00, Sun 12:00 – 10:00

Happy Hour:  3:00 – 6:00 daily

Located in a picturesque  & historic ‘alley’ off Government St. … the Tapa Bar is a warm, friendly place for an intimate dinner or fun with a group of friends.  Good food – their different prawn plates are superb!

Stage Wine Bar – 1307 Gladstone  ph#:  250-388-4222

Hours:  Sun – Wed  5:00 – 10:00, Thu – Sat 5:00 – 11:00

Stage is located across the street from the Belfry Theatre.  It is a popular neighborhood restaurant as well as attracting patrons from across Victoria – and their reputation is growing!  Most food and charcuterie is made in-house and can be accompanied by a variety of wine or cocktails.  Very good and service is excellent!

Table 21 Tapas Bar & Restaurant – 777 Douglas St.  ph#:  250-940-3127

Hours:  Tue – Sat 4:00 – 10:00 Closed Sun & Mon

This is a fairly new restaurant in the Double Tree by Hilton hotel.  I haven’t been there … but the reviews I’ve read look promising!

Bodgea Tapas Wine Bar – 1210 Broad St.  Ph#:  778-406-1210

Hours:  Mon – Tue 11:30 – 11:00, Wed – Sat 11:30 – 12:00, Sun 11:30 – 10:00

Located just off Trounce Alley, looks interesting … haven’t been there.

Veneto Tapa Lounge – 1450 Douglas – ph#:  250-383-7310

Hours:  Mon – Thur 4:00 – 12:00, Fri 4:00 – 1:00 a.m., Sat 5:00 – 1:00 a.m., Sun 5:00 – 12:00

The Veneto is located in the historic Rialto Hotel.  We hear that the cocktail list is amazing.  Here’s what they say:

Veneto is a stylishly sophisticated urban resto-lounge focusing on delectable small plates and a seemingly endless cocktail list. Whether you want to dress up and be seen or subtly fade in the background and take it all in, Veneto is the perfect location.

Veneto is located in one of Victoria’s most endearing heritage properties and boutique style hotel – The Hotel Rialto. This completely renovated boutique property is the perfect location for hip and trendy travellers and locals alike.

You may be wondering “What exactly a resto~lounge is, anyway?” Here is the definition:

A hybrid nightlife experience combining convivial dining with the sophisticated savouring of cocktails, wine or craft beer. Ususally accompanied by great music and exceptional service.

Perro Negro – 536 Yates St.,  ph#:  250-360-1824 (they do not accept reservations)

Hours:  Sun & Thur 5:00 – 11:00, Fri & Sat 5:00 – 12:00

This tapa bar is part of Ferris’ Oyster Bar.  We’ve never been to Perro Negro, but Ferris’ is a great restaurant so I’m looking forward to trying out this place.



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I've lived in Victoria over 30 years and I still can't believe how great this city really is! My husband, Bruce, and I have traveled the world but coming home to Victoria is still quite often a celebration. Together, we want to share our love of the city and the area by giving you an 'insider's' insights of where to go - what to do - and how to get there!

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